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Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Artillery fire in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk has killed at least 12 civilians as the fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops intensifies....

Chad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- A Chadian warplane and ground troops drove Boko Haram fighters from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses said Friday. The African Union moved to send ground forces to Nigeria and the U.S. said it would assist....

South Africa grants parole to apartheid death squad leader
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The South African government Friday granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of a covert unit for the apartheid state responsible for dozens of deaths, saying it is in the interest of national reconciliation. But those who knew de Kock's victims are struggling to accept his release....

Survivors recall panic before Mexico City hospital blast
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Inside the maternity hospital on the western edge of Mexico City, concern quickly turned to panic as the sour smell of propane seeped in and a vapor cloud grew at the emergency room's entrance. The crew of a gas tanker truck outside began yelling: "Call the firefighters! And tell people to get out!"...

Egypt raises death toll from coordinated Sinai attack to 32
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- Egyptian officials on Friday raised the death toll to 32 from coordinated and simultaneous attacks that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in the restive Sinai Peninsula the previous night....

Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline
TOKYO (AP) -- The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unknown Friday, a day after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding them captive....

Pakistanis fleeing offensive find new dangers in Afghanistan
KHOST, Afghanistan (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have sought shelter at a sprawling refugee camp in a volatile region of Afghanistan after crossing the mountainous border to escape a military onslaught against insurgents....

Bomb blast in southern Pakistan kills 35 at Shiite mosque
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers were gathering for Friday prayers, killing 35 people and wounding dozens, officials said....

UN court upholds 2 Bosnian Serbs' genocide convictions
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Appeals judges at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal on Friday upheld genocide convictions against two senior Bosnian Serbs for their roles in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the first final judgment for genocide by the United Nations court....

AP PHOTOS: Pinata-making art lives on in Mexican family
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican party isn't complete without a piņata, and Melesio Vicente Flores and Cecilia Albarran Gonzalez have spent the last 25 years making high-end versions of the papier-mache figures to later be stuffed with candies and broken open with a stick or club....

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